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Historical dictionary of feminism
Boles, Janet K., 1944-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
xv, 429 pages ; 24 cm.
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HQ1115 .B65 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Covers a broad range of subjects that detail the shifting definitions of this socio-economic, political, and intellectual movement and describe its antecedents and pioneers. With an introduction, chronology and detailed bibliography.

Author Notes

Janet K. Boles is Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University.

Diane Long Hoeveler is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Women's Studies, Marquette University.

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Boles and Hoeveler have issued a timely updated and expanded edition of their 1996 dictionary (CH, Jun'97). Besides an extensive section of headwords with definitions, it includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations, chronology, bibliography, and lengthy introduction, pushing the limits of the dictionary format. The thoughtful introduction to the history of women's studies summarizes seminal events, writings, and people. The dictionary entries incorporate both internal cross-references and see also references at the end. Bibliographic entries are grouped in 28 categories, including "Feminist Journals" and "Feminist Web Sites." The authors acknowledge changes in women's studies over the last three decades, from the emergence of a way of thinking to definition and analysis of an academic discipline, to a backlash by men and some conservative women, to women's increased opportunities and rights. The 2003 edition incorporates topics subject to increasing study (e.g., third-wave feminism, global feminism). There is no index, a serious omission, but one that can be forgiven in a dictionary, especially one as thorough as this. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Undergraduates; graduate students. K. B. Hovendick Syracuse University